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Jemma Lewis

Jemma Lewis Paper marbler
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The endless possibilities of pattern

  • • Jemma's paper was used in the ‘Transylvania Florilegium’
  • • She uses ancient techniques with modern colours
  • • They produce over 60 different designs

Jemma Lewis began her career at a traditional bookbinder in Bath. There she fell in love with the marbled papers used in the bindery and set about learning this craft. She studied with the doyenne of paper marbling Ann Muir. At Jemma’s studio marbling follows a tradition going back hundreds of years. A tray is filled with water and a ‘size’ made from a powdered Carrageenan, a substance derived from an Irish seaweed. Paint is expertly flicked onto the jelly-like surface and teased using a stylus, or combed with rakes with hundreds of fine needles. The result is traditionally produced paper with a 21st century twist – where bright, dramatic colour palettes are often combined with metallic paints.

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Selection of traditional hand marbled papers

This image shows a selection of ten different hand marbled papers spread out to reveal the variety of patterns that can be achieved through this traditional craft. The colour palette is complimentary throughout the whole spread of papers. Colours include a range of blues, browns and rich burgundy tones. Some patterns are spot based and other have had swirls drawn in by hand.

Height 75 cm
Width 51 cm

Photo: ©Jemma Lewis
Selection of vibrant and contemporary hand marbled papers

A selection of eight hand marbled papers in contemporary designs and colour palettes. The image shows a variety of different designs but all are in vibrant colours and are very abstract compared to the more traditional designs. These are flat papers.

Height 75 cm
Width 51 cm

Photo: ©Jemma Lewis
Selection of metallic hand marbled papers

This image shows a selection of six individually hand marbled papers which have all been marbled on to coloured base papers including green, bright red, black and orange. All the papers have been marbled with metallic acrylic paint in a contemporary vein pattern, which creates a very striking look and shows off the coloured base papers.

Height 75 cm
Width 51 cm

Photo: ©Jemma Lewis
Assortment of hand marbled papers tied with ribbon

These five – completely different – hand marbled papers, have been rolled up and tied with velvet ribbons. The sheets showcase a mixture of modern and traditional hand marbled papers.

Height 75 cm
Width 51 cm

Photo: ©Jemma Lewis
Selection of seven hand marbled papers

In this image, seven individually hand marbled papers are shown. Some are on blue coloured base papers and the designs are contemporary. The sheets are laid side by side so we see a small slither of each sheet, which helps to showcase the varieties that can be achieved.

Height 71 cm
Width 51 cm

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